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1940 Census - distinguishing address from residence on 1 April 1935

1940 Census - distinguishing address from residence on 1 April 1935

censushelp1 (View posts)
Posted: 24 Sep 2012 4:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
If I do a search in the 1940 census using the "Lived in" form with county, state, and country does that provide results based on both the address when filling out the 1940 census in addition to where the person lived on April 1, 1935? Is it possible to do a search that does not reflect the April 1, 1935 residency but only the April 1, 1940 residency? For example, suppose I wanted to search only for people who lived in Dallas County, Alabama in April 1, 1940 excluding those who lived there in 1935 and moved to another county by 1940? Would the "Lived in" form reflect that or would it give me both sets of people? If it is both sets, is it possible to do the two searches separately, or at least the first one?

Re: 1940 Census - distinguishing address from residence on 1 April 1935

frostfreedet (View posts)
Posted: 25 Sep 2012 11:17AM GMT
Classification: Query
The 1940 US Census search form has the date field for 'any event' grayed out, so you can not search specifically for 1935 data.

It appears that 1935 residence is indexed for search as one of the "lived in" elements, but you cannot search specifically for 1935 residence or to exclude 1935 residence.

It appears that the place-location field for "any event" refers to nothing indexed. I tried a family with an uncommon name in one locality who'd lived there since the 1880s. The place-name "exact" for the "lived in" field retrieved those who still lived there in search results. It also retrieved people who did not live there but were born there, which is a ridiculous error. It also retrieved people who did not live there in 1940, and were not born there, but were noted in the extract as living there in 1935.

The same place-name "exact" for the "any event" field retrieved no results. I don't know why that "any event" field is there on the form, if nothing is indexed for it.

So you can use the "lived in" place field to include folks who lived in a place in 1935 according to the extract, but you can not exclude the 1935 residence or specifically search for the 1935 residence.

Re: 1940 Census - distinguishing address from residence on 1 April 1935

BobNY (View posts)
Posted: 25 Sep 2012 2:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
Using "Old Search," if one supplies Residence (State, County, Township), the explicit or inferred 1935 location is ignored as a search parameter.

Re: 1940 Census - distinguishing address from residence on 1 April 1935

censushelp1 (View posts)
Posted: 25 Sep 2012 10:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
Where is the "old search?" How do I find that on ancestry.com?

Re: 1940 Census - distinguishing address from residence on 1 April 1935

censushelp1 (View posts)
Posted: 25 Sep 2012 10:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
Actually I don't think that would work. I found the "old search" feature. It did not seem to change much, I don't think.
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